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The Day the Music Died

Read "The Day the Music Died" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

On one of my infrequent trips outside the 'Dome recently, I stopped at a convenience store for a cold Coke Zero when I noticed a man about my age (48. 52, in heels) driving a red 1988 Pontiac Trans Am and blasting Whitesnake's “Here I Go Again" on his car stereo. He wore Zubaz workout pants ...

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Greg Howard Band: Lift

Read "Lift" reviewed by Scott Andrews

Chapman Stick player Greg Howard has recorded solo albums and gigged his often Spanish influenced electric jazz in Charlottesville, Virginia for over fifteen years. The Chapman Stick, a 10 or 12 stringed electric instrument invented by Emmett Chapman in the 1970s, contains low and high pitched strings for playing bass lines and melodies simultaneously. The strings ...

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Greg Howard: Water on the Moon

Read "Water on the Moon" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I own a few of Howard’s Stick recordings and have sampled others but this release is a significant and wonderfully successful departure from his norm. Those of you familiar with guitarist Michael Brook and his Live at The Aquarium release will understand the principle of sample-hold-repeat mixed with live improv. Howard jams for a solid 59+ ...

Greg Howard: Sol

Read "Sol" reviewed by Christopher Hoard

It's almost been two decades since the LA band Kittyhawk introduced the 10-stringed Chapman Stick to jazz fusion. For those still uninitiated, the stick was designed on the basis of a revolutionary, string tapping technique positioning the guitar's neck parallel to the musician's body, and approaching the neck with the arms at a perpendicular angle, and ...